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Mary

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  • The Accursed

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the 20th century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man - a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil.

    Jacqueline says: "Social Issues Abound in Mixed Genre--"
    "Not for the easily distracted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No....very drawn out and difficult to follow.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Grover Gardner?

    Maybe


    Could you see The Accursed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Love Oates's work....had high expectations but was very disappointed. Made it 2/3 of the way through but finally gave up.

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  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (225)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    Sarrie says: "What is up with this narrator?"
    "An American Classic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The World According to Garp rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somehow, I missed reading this classic but was glad for the opportunity to listen to it. Loved the story and the rich characters....typical John Irving excellence. Not so impressed with the narrator and the production quality of the recording.....sounded very dated and amateurish. I would love to hear it read by a more contemporary narrator.


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